Sometimes the best in a sport have to take extreme, maybe even unorthodox measures to advance in their achievements, and this holds true for Terrace resident, Rajan Sangha. Sangha proved his skill in the Nationals in Ottawa earlier this year winning a Gold Medal. He and his team from Terrace, Amber Pipes Shogun Dojo Martial Arts studio, came home with a series of medals. Sangha qualified for the World competition, which will be held in Albufeira, Portugal on October 28 and is holding a garage sale to raise funds to get there.
This weekend, Saturday, October 2nd, at 2308 Pear Street in Terrace, Sangha, family and friends will be selling items and taking donations to raise the more than $4000 it will cost to attend the world competition.
He will be competing in two categories of the age 16 to 17, 65 Kg match-ups. He qualified on his own with the gold medal this spring in ‘Continuous Sparing” and is taking the alternate opening position available in “Point Fighting”. The Points competition is a simple enter the fray against your opponent and score the first point, these are set for two minutes or the first to reach 10 points. This is the quick and furious hard on skilled attack demonstration event. The Continuous is where the opponents rack up points during a timed event of two 2 minute rounds. The person with the most points at the end wins the match.
It is not just Sangha either going to these World Championships from Terrace, his instructor, Amber Pipe and teammate Dalton Stanvick are also competing. Stanvick raised funds throughout the summer and will be competing in the 16 to 17 year old class of 55Kg boys. He qualified for both the Continuous and Point fighting class matches by winning silver and bronze respectively in Ottawa. Pipe is the challenger for 60 kg age 35 plus in Continuous having won Silver in Ottawa.
The Terrace Daily covered these results and other competitors in an article written in June. Read it online here. http://www.terracedaily.ca/show6369a10s0x300y1z/TERRACE_SHOGUN_DOJO_TEAM_QUALIFY_FOR_WORLD_COMPETITION
There is very little time left to raise funds as the team leaves for Portugal only three weeks after the garage sale fund raiser. Once again it is up to the strong Terrace Spirit to come through on our own when the going gets tough. Lets see if we can all help out and show to our local kids and to the world ‘We have what it takes’.